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Celebrating poetic links

A free exhibition documenting a unique arts link between Durham and Tuebingen, Germany, will take place in the Durham Room at County Hall running from Wednesday, 9 November until Friday, 18 November (open to the public on weekdays 9am-5pm)

The display features the poems of Dr. Keith Armstrong and the photographs of local photographer, Peter Dixon and celebrates a 23 year arts and literary link between the two areas, although the twinning link between County Durham and Tuebingen actually began back in 1969.

Since 1987, there have been readings and performances involving writers, musicians and teachers from both County Durham and Tuebingen. These have taken place in a variety of venues including universities, libraries, jazz and cabaret clubs and even castles.

Durham County Council Chairman, Cllr Dennis Morgan, said: “The County Council’s award winning international programme seeks to involve all members of the community in contacts with our partner regions. This exemplary literary connection with Tuebingen is a wonderful example of collaboration between our two areas and I hope that County Durham residents will enjoy the exhibition and be inspired to visit one of our overseas twins.”

Dr. Armstrong is a key figure in the literary link, and he has made over 30 visits to Tuebingen over the years to write inspiring poetry about the two areas and to give poetry readings. He is also the founder of East Durham Writers’ Workshop and the Durham Voices community publishing series.

For further information about the County Council’s international projects and this exhibition, contact Brian Stobie, International Officer on 0191 383 3631.

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